Plans approved for store and cafe in north-east village

The coffee shop is intended to serve speciality coffees and teas, alongside a selection of snacks and home goods
The coffee shop is intended to serve speciality coffees and teas, alongside a selection of snacks and home goods

Plans for a general store and cafe at a shop that ceased trading earlier this year have been approved.

Sky Convenience Store in Newtonhill has submitted an application to change the use of the building, on Skateraw Road, adding a class three permission, which allows for it to be used as a cafe.

On the application, bosses at Sky said: “We propose to open a new local ‘General Store’ which will also incorporate a coffee shop and thus requires a change of use from class one to class three.”

The coffee shop is intended to serve speciality coffees and teas, alongside a selection of snacks and home goods.

The store has been a part of the community since 1912.

Planners had given the change of use the green-light which have been welcomed by a local councillor.

In a decision notice it said: “The proposal is to convert an existing shop space into a cafe with retail components by rearranging the interior plans.

“There is no additional parking proposed. Based on site visits, it appears that there is space for eight vehicles to park in front of the business.


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“Roads Development noted that there is no possibility to expand parking on site but have noted that ample off-street parking is available in the area. As the structure was previously used as a shop, no impact to the local roads network is anticipated.

“The proposed change of use to form a mixed use shop and cafe is for a use that supports the surrounding residential services by offering services in a vacated retail space.

“It is felt that the design, size, and character of the proposed change of use is keeping with the general character of the area and would not result in any significant negative impact on the character of the area or neighbouring amenity.”

North Kincardine Councillor Ian Mollison said: “The shop has been part of the fabric of Newtonhill for more than 100 years but in recent times has faced very difficult challenges given the changes in public need.

“A different direction of combining a cafe and local shop will hopefully prove successful and be an asset to the community.”

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